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Bust of Hadrian, (ca. 130 CE)

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Portrait of Hadrian

ca. 130 CE

Marble (from Thasos)


Hadrian was emperor at the height of the Imperial Period (117 - 138 CE). As one of the so-called Adoptive Emperors, he was selected to rule the Roman Empire because of his personal skills rather than his ancestry. He was one of the most well traveled and cosmopolitan Roman emperors, and made two journeys around the empire during his reign. He is remembered for his love of the Greek world, particulary their arts and architecture.


This portrait of Hadrian would have originally been inserted into a carved bust. Widely distributed throughout the empire, portraits of reigning emperors ensured that all Roman citizens knew what their ruler looked like. Hadrian wore a beard (allegedly to conceal blemishes), which started a trend among emperors that endured up to the 3rd century CE. This head is damaged and has not been repaired. Although it was once fashionable to replace all the 'missing' parts of statues, we cannot be sure these later parts give an accurate idea of how the sculpture originally appeared."


Taken November 16th, 2010.

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Taken on November 16, 2010